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Forces from Ethiopia’s Tigray region say they are pushing south

July 12, 2021
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A youngster pushes a cart in front of flags of Tigray Region and Ethiopia on the day of Tigrays regional elections, at Martyrs Square in the city of Mekele, on September 9, 2020. – Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region holds a parliamentary election that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government has deemed illegal. The election represent the latest challenge to Abiy’s authority as he navigates a democratic transition hobbled by deep political and ethnic divisions, and a low point in the bitter dispute between Tigray and the federal government in Addis Ababa. (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS / AFP) (Photo by EDUARDO SOTERAS/AFP via Getty Images)

ADDIS ABABA, July 12 (Reuters) – Forces from Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray said on Monday they were pushing south and had recaptured a town from government forces, underscoring their determination to keep fighting until the region’s pre-war borders are restored.

Reuters was unable to independently confirm the claim because communication links to the region are down.

Conflict erupted in Tigray eight months ago between central government forces and the region’s ruling party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF). The government declared victory three weeks later when it took the regional capital Mekelle, but the TPLF kept fighting.

On June 28, the TPLF recaptured Mekelle and now controls most of Tigray. But some parts in the west and south are also claimed by neighbouring Amhara region, which has sent fighters to the contested areas.

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TPLF spokesperson Getachew Reda told Reuters on Monday that Tigrayan forces controlled Korem, a town 170 kilometres (105 miles) south of Mekelle, and were pushing to seize control of the major town of Alamata, 20 kilometres further south.

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A former resident of Korem now living in the capital Addis Ababa told Reuters that a family member fleeing their home had reached an area with cell service and confirmed fighting.

Ethiopian military spokesman Colonel Getnet Adane did not comment on who was in control of the town but said in a text message “we had declared a ceasefire,” referring to a unilateral ceasefire declared by the Ethiopian government after its troops pulled out of Mekelle. The TPLF has called the ceasefire ‘a joke’.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the head of the government’s task force on Tigray did not respond to requests for comment.

Getachew, the TPLF spokesperson, said the group wants its pre-war borders restored and transport links open to allow people and humanitarian aid to move. read more

The conflict has forced nearly 2 million people to flee their homes and forced around 400,000 people into famine conditions. read more

On Monday, the United Nations’ World Food Programme said that the first humanitarian convoy to enter the Tigray region in two weeks had reached Mekelle. Major roads into Tigray have been blocked by government forces and their allies and at least two bridges destroyed.

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Tigray’s leaders accuse the central government of blockading the region. Telecoms and banking have been down since the Tigrayan forces seized Mekelle.

Ethiopian authorities deny blocking aid to Tigray and say they are rebuilding infrastructure.


  1. I think that country should be prepared for any kind of an outcome from here on. Any outcome is possible. We should all be ready to hear anything we now think is impossible. With one or two more overruns the roads to Addis could be left wide open for anyone to come in. Addis/Finfine could turn into citta aperta anytime soon especially right after the rainy season is over. TDF now probably armed/guided with the latest satellite images can pinpoint the vulnerable flanks of the opposing militias and ENDF and take these apart like an easy jigsaw puzzle. The satellite images do not necessarily come from foreign government sources but many civilian outfits do have very advanced satellites they have been using for ‘civilian and peaceful’ purposes. It is 2021 y’all! Once their objective has been met in the south they will then turn their attention on the western front. It seems they are facing a militia there. Please remember many among these militia groups come from far away places even in their own region and could be homesick. They don’t have the sense of urgency fighters of the TDF have. TDF soldiers have two and only two choices. You either stay where you are now and die of starvation or die trying at the war fronts to regain fertile lands now in the hands of their adversaries both in Amhara Region and Eritrea. Once that is achieved the link with the Sudan is restored and supply route will be wide open. Then missiles, tanks and heavy guns along with APC’s will be delivered by exotic belly dancers from Al-Qahirah. Then Chairman Debre and his friend will have the ‘right’ and the ‘only’ alternative to declare their region a sovereign republic. I hope I will be proven wrong but at the moment that is what I think will happen. For me the writing is on the wall. I suspect there is a consensus in the West that the old country has become too obese and has reached a point where it is not able to carry its own weight with more than 80 growing ethnic groups. ‘There are just too many niggers in one room!’ Just too many stubborn niggers in one room!!! That is what it is y’all!!!

  2. It is now a time that Ethiopians get ride of TPL F junta by vanishing them from game. As govt promised, no tolerance now even if systematically vow now for international support. Amharic militia and all forces now to work hard to end the game. Govt shall keep promise now since all Ethiopians are irritating. So govt has to circle all round. Why US, Eurpean union keep silent when teenagers are victim of war??? It is time now all Ethiopians flee to war to vanish TPLF junta. Military officials have to do their job right no more talk and propaganda as for Ethiopians not only keen on fighting internal terrioist but historicall rich on defeating foreign warriors.

    So Ethiopian govt also to investigate and take criminal actions on those supporters who found in Addis Ababa. Govt has not be flexible on taking actons and shall take lesson from legendary Ethiopian leaders. If any impostion comes from Western countries no time for them, we Ethiopians are strong. They have to take care instead of supporting a few elite TPLF leaders they have to side 100 millions innocent Ethiopian people. When govt retreats again another mess will come soon. So take care of it, no more game.

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